Bill Nelson hosting health care roundtable in Tampa

Bill Nelson

Sen. Bill Nelson visits Tampa Monday for a roundtable discussion with those “hardest hit” by the latest attempt from Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Democratic senator will speak with residents on Medicaid as well as those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Nelson is back in town during Congress’ weeklong July Fourth recess, after the Senate did not get the required 50 votes to repeal and replace “Obamacare” by a late June deadline.

Republican Senate leaders now say the new goal is to pass a bill sometime this month ahead of the long August recess – frustrating many conservatives, including President Donald Trump.

POLITICO Florida reports that during a Friday conference call with reporters, conservatives questioned Republican commitment to following through with campaign promises to end Obamacare, and warned of a backlash in the 2018 midterms.

A longtime Obamacare supporter, Nelson joined Democratic senators recently to call for support of a series of bills to fix the U.S. health care system, urging a bipartisan solution.

“Why can’t we work together?” Nelson said on the Senate floor. “We do in our committees … Why can’t we do it with health care?”

Nelson’s roundtable event begins 1:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse, 801 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa.


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